Wickets galore at Durham

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Eighteen wickets fell in 78 overs in the LV= County Championship match at the Emirates Durham ICG today before bad light ended play with Durham on 92 for eight in their second innings, leading Somerset by 210.

Chris Rushworth took a career-best 6-58 to dismiss Somerset for 132 after they were initially undermined by Graham Onions. The England seamer claimed the first three wickets and finished with 4-41.

Under grey skies the ball swung and there was just enough seam movement for the bowlers to find the edge.

There were two catches each for Durham's three slips, while four of their own batsmen edged to Somerset wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter, giving him seven in the match.

The day's top-scorer was Jos Buttler, who hit two sixes in making 35 off 54 balls, but immediately after lifting Rushworth over the rope at midwicket he tried to work a fuller delivery to leg and was bowled.

Alfonso Thomas

Alfonso Thomas took three wickets as Durham slipped to 82 for eight in their second innings at stumps, 210 ahead of Somerset

After Onions had reduced Somerset to 39 for three, batting did not look too perilous while Buttler and Kieswetter were putting on 42.

But after going wicketless in his opening five-over spell, Rushworth returned to take three wickets in quick succession before lunch and three more afterwards.

He was helped by some fine slip catching from Paul Collingwood, Scott Borthwick and Ben Stokes.

After finishing third in the national bowling averages last season, Sunderland-born Rushworth was a late call-up for the MCC side against champions Warwickshire in Abu Dhabi last month.

Today, Durham's lead of 118 looked invaluable as they slumped to 20 for four.

Peter Trego matched Onions' effort by taking the first three wickets, starting when left-hander Mark Stoneman was caught behind in the third over. Then Will Smith offered no stroke to a ball which swung in and bowled him for a duck.

Trego also nipped one through Keaton Jennings' forward defence to hit off stump.

There were also three wickets for Alfonso Thomas, who pinned Collingwood lbw with the last ball before tea then swung one away from Stokes to have him caught by Kieswetter.

Top-scorer in the first innings with 49, Stokes again dug in to make 22 off 60 balls, taking enough sting out of the attack for Phil Mustard to capitalise with some bold strokes in reaching 23 not out.

There were still 15 overs of the day's allocation to be bowled when the umpires consulted for a second time and decided the light was too poor to continue.

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